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    10:28 am (UTC-7)   |    by

    Cellphones have evolved into being the proverbial nerve centers of our social (and even work) lives. The information they hold are virtual fingerprints of our interactions with other people, sensitive information that can be used against us if a malicious user gets hold of it. This scenario may not be too far off the mark.

    Trend Micro detects a spyware produced by Retina-X Studios as SPYW_RETRINAX.A (also known as WINCE_RETRINAX.A). This spyware is designed to run on Windows CE, the Microsoft OS for Pocket PC devices. It monitors calls and SMS/text messages sent and received by an affected user. The information it gathers are then sent to a server, where said data can be viewed later on. While this spyware is not a malicious application per se, it can be installed by someone with ill intent on a mobile device without the owner’s consent.

    This spyware is already included in the latest Trend Micro pattern files.

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